'Bumbarrel' is an old name for the Long-tailed Tit, everyone's favourite garden bird. And the reason they're called that is for the shape of their nest. It's almost spherical, with a little hole at the front, and made from a special weave of moss, lichen, spiders' webs and feathers.
This juvenile Great Snipe showed well on a footpath beside the river Trent at Girton Gravel Pits in Nottinghamshire. It was present from 27th August until 02nd September and filled a gap in many birder's life list. In the days before digital photography, well for me at
least, I had to wait until arrived home, and had the film developed, before I
knew what I had got, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with these